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Comment Re:Sexual Assault (Score 2, Insightful) 513

I think it's a very reasonable thing to do in order to discourage behavior that is universally looked upon as bad. Yes, being abusive to software does no harm to the software, but if you can have your chatbot, or whatever you want to classify Cortana as in this scenario, act in a way that does not fuel this behavior (which let's face it would only be done by idiots), without compromising the functionality of the tool, then I support Microsoft's efforts.

Our communication with each other is coarsening at a fast enough rate as it is.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 0) 253

So you're saying it's OK to scam people or lie to them because you can't get a better job, 'cause that's what it sounds like you're saying.

That's pretty close to saying that going on a crime spree is justifiable for the same reason.

Comment I'll give you the benefit of the doubt... (Score 1) 1838

whipslash, you seem earnest about improving /. and interested in listening to what people have to say. I appreciate that, and will overlook your mid-7-digit UID. ;-)

Seriously though, I sincerely hope that your tone reflects the desires of the new owners, because /. has been a great resource over the years and something I still check out most days. I understand the need to make money with the site, but it seems you (and by extension the new owners) are interested in preserving/restoring what makes /. great.

Good luck.

Comment Re: just use openstreetmap... (Score 1) 130

Yeah, because Google certainly isn't in the news on a monthly basis for randomly dropping or changing something they've provided and which people like and relied upon for years, for no apparent reason. Google is extremely unreliable in that regard, and even if it is their right to be that way, which it is, the recommendation to not rely on their services for something like RouteBuilder is a good one.

Comment Re:Baffling (Score 1) 400

Were you around 20 years ago? Both franchises attract their share of People Who Take It Too Far.

It's both a blessing and a curse that we live in a society where people have the freedom to be so obsessed over a movie, TV show, or video game, etc.

It's obviously a blessing because we have the freedom to do so. Our societies and countries (in much of the world) aren't so oppressive that we are prevented from engaging and sharing in this kind of creative output, and a lot of us are freed from having to spend the majority of our time not starving to death or not being killed by someone else. This is most indeed a blessing I wouldn't want to trade for anything.

The curse, of course, is that some people will trade these cultural ephemera for real life, and equate them with something deep and meaningful, which they generally aren't, not in the grand scheme of Life, the Universe and Everything. If your stated religion is "Jedi", and it's not meant ironically or as a joke, then there is probably something wrong with you.

However, the blessings outweigh the curses in my opinion.

Comment Re:Lame (Score 2) 400

Did you know "Planet of the Apes" was rated "G"?

All I can say it, you shouldn't go back and read fairy tales from before the last century. You might gasp yourself to death.

Believe it or not, there was a time when children's fare didn't automatically mean something so sterile and artificial that no self-aware person could take it seriously.

Perhaps this is why the news is full of college students, legal adults by the way, who are whining and pitching a fit because they've been made to feel uncomfortable by mere words and are demanding someone (else) make it stop.

Perhaps this is why we've created a generation of kids who are so used to having everything spoon fed to them and to being led around and handed everything that adolescence routinely extends in the late 20s and beyond, and for many, never truly ends.

Perhaps this is why a majority of the country is trying create and expand a Nanny State to allow them, or anyone else, to be reduced in responsibility and duty, to the level of infants regardless of what they are truly capable of.

Perhaps this is why we are heading for a society in which it's been made impossible to fail, and therefore impossible to also truly succeed.

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